In Summary
  • Senator Orengo said that Mr Odinga would become President in 2018 after the Jubilee government is kicked out of office.
  • Mr Odinga has said he is not afraid of death and, if it came to it, he would gladly die to usher in electoral justice.

After postponing his planned swearing-in ceremony on December 12, Nasa leader Raila Odinga has not had it easy from his increasingly impatient supporters.

They want him to hold the Bible, take the oath and become president, an office they say was taken away from him.

“Everywhere I go, you always give me a Bible to take the oath,” Mr Odinga told a church gathering at St Peters Nyamira parish on Christmas Day.

At the service, he was pictured lifting the Bible to an adoring crowd that cheered him on.

“My supporters should not panic; I am soon going to take the oath. I mind your concerns,” he said, promising not to let them down this time.

JAMHURI DAY
After withdrawing from the October 26 repeat presidential election, which was ordered after the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 poll at the request of Mr Odinga in a ground-breaking petition, the former prime minister vowed to take the presidential oath of office on the same day President Uhuru Kenyatta took his.

But that day, Tuesday, November 28, his supporters were brutally beaten and others killed.

He postponed the ceremony to December 12, the day Kenyans mark independence celebrations.

TREASON
Even after Mombasa County offered to host the event, Mr Odinga’s team still deferred the event, to the disappointment of his hardline supporters.

Attorney General Githu Muigai had warned that it would be “high treason” punishable by death for Mr Odinga to swear himself in as president.

But Mr Odinga, who in the past was imprisoned by former president Daniel arap Moi’s government, stuck to his guns, saying he is not afraid of death and, if it came to it, he would gladly die to usher in electoral justice.

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